January 18, 2023, Introduced by Senators BAYER, MOSS, GEISS, CHERRY, WOJNO, SANTANA, CHANG, MCMORROW, MCDONALD RIVET, IRWIN, HERTEL, SHINK, KLINEFELT and CAVANAGH and referred to the Committee on Housing and Human Services.

A bill to require all state departments and agencies to establish certain water affordability criteria; and to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 1. This act may be cited as the "human right to water act".

Sec. 2. (1) Each individual has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.

(2) All state departments and agencies shall employ all reasonable means to implement this section. All state departments and agencies shall revise, adopt, or establish policies, regulations, and grant criteria to further this section by establishing water affordability criteria as appropriate, to the extent that those actions do not affect eligibility for federal funds.

(3) This section does not expand any obligation of this state to provide water or to require the expenditure of additional resources to develop water infrastructure beyond the obligations that may exist under subsection (2).

(4) This section applies to water supplies for individuals and not for new development in this state.

(5) The implementation of this section does not infringe on the rights or responsibilities of any public water system in this state.